CenturyLink Earnings: Your Sneak Peek to the Big Announcement

CenturyLink (NYSE:CTL) will report earnings after markets close on Wednesday, May 8th. CenturyLink Inc. is an integrated communications company. The Company provides a wide range of communications services, including local and long distance voice, Internet access and broadband services. CenturyLink operates throughout the United States.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Centurylink Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $0.69 per share on revenues of $4.51 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 29.75.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a more positive outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings has risen from a profit of $0.65 to a profit $0.66. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $2.66, which is better than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Centurylink has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 2,600 4,974 7,042 15,350 18,380
Diluted EPS ($) 3.52 3.23 3.13 1.07 1.25

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Dec. 31, 2011 Mar. 31, 2012 Jun. 30, 2012 Sep. 30, 2012 Dec. 31, 2012
Revenue ($) in millions 4,653 4,610 4,612 4,571 4,583
Diluted EPS ($) 0.1763 0.32 0.12 0.43 0.3736

Past Performance:
Centurylink has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)